MADISON, Wis. -

Traffic authorities said the low number of traffic deaths last month put it in the top 10 over the last more than six decades.

According to data from the state Department of Transportation, with 58 fatalities in 56 Wisconsin traffic crashes, last month tied for the ninth safest month of June in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II.

As of June 30, a total of 224 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2013, including 28 motorcycle drivers, one motorcycle passenger, 17 pedestrians and four bicyclists, the DOT said in a news release.

Traffic deaths through June were 40 fewer than during the same six-month period in 2012 and 26 fewer than the five-year average.

DOT statistics showed:

  • The safest June in terms of traffic deaths occurred in 1946 with 45 fatalities
  • The deadliest was in 1956 with 115 fatalities
  • Traffic fatalities last month were the same as June 2012
  • June 2013 fatalities were one greater than the five-year average for the month of June

State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the state DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, encouraged drivers to take safety precautions like wearing seat belts and paying attention behind the wheel to help avoid traffic deaths.